LETTERS News Weekly
, August 3, 2013
Behind the anti-bullying moralising
One afternoon recently, going down a Canberra street with my wife, I noticed on the front page of one of the newspapers a report that a major conference was to be held on that weekend on “bullying”, led by former Chief Justice of the Family Court, the Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO. Speakers at the conference want “bullying” to be criminalised.
This is just the domestic violence and malignant grudge industry extending its power and building its empire. Nobody dares speak against the industry, for fear of seeming “soft” on domestic violence, violence against women, bullying or affirming homosexuals, etc.
Yet always it’s the same. The offences are so defined that they have unlimited extent. They can cover any vexation and rely on “I feel” allegations (“I feel threatened”, “I feel bullied”, “I feel offended”) which are irrefutable. They begin with a presumption of guilt, and persist with it; and the defendant is liable to incur draconian penalties.
Just as women and children are far more at risk from the domestic violence industry than they are from domestic violence (which now includes “psychological” and “emotional” violence, with these being criminal offences in the ACT and presumably elsewhere), schoolchildren are now at much greater risk from Orwellian anti-bullying campaigns and procedures than they are from real bullies.
Alastair Nicholson was particularly controversial as Chief Justice of the Family Court. The case I remember most vividly was when a divorced man won the lottery, and his ex-spouse went to the Family Court demanding half of the winnings — and won, thanks to Nicholson.
He declared that, since the court has the power to lessen payment orders from the sums it initially prescribes, it must also have the right to increase them from that sum.
He added with sneering derision that he was sure the ex-husband had given the ex-wife a hard time when they were married, so it was appropriate that he should be made to pay her a few hundred thousand dollars to atone for this.
I understand this decision was par for the “court” for Nicholson, and that many of his other decisions were just as galling.
It is about time Australians woke up to what’s going on, and faced up to the fact that the anti-discrimination, anti-domestic violence, anti-sexism, anti-“homophobia” and anti-bullying rackets are simply manifestations of one unified mega-racket. They are tentacles of the same octopus, so to speak.
The ugly ideological racketeers behind it all aim at legislating a far-reaching, multi-faceted, poisonous agenda without having to bother with democratic process.
Always the basic principles of Westminster law are violated — the presumption of innocence, the right to a fair hearing, protection from arbitrary criminalisation by infinitely elastic pseudo-crimes, proportionality in punishment (as against draconian penalties), and so on.
Always there are new and expanded malignant, predatory bureaucracies.
It’s not just a matter of “Wake up, Australia!”, but “Wake up, authentic humans everywhere!” We are being frog-boiled into Orwellian tyrannies all across what was once the free world.
It would be especially nice if our church leaders faced up to what is happening, and acted vigorously to rally the forces of civilisation — and of authentic humanism — against empowered, virulent cult-secularist animalism.
Colin H. Jory,
Think carefully before voting
With the polls for the federal election tightening, it is likely that the preferences of the minor parties will play a greater part in the results in many seats. It is imperative that voters for these parties inform themselves concerning where these preferences are going.
The bulk of the preferences of parties, such as the Australian Greens and the Sex Party, are likely to go to the ALP; but the how-to-vote tickets of Family First, the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), Australian Christians and others will require more discernment from those voters who are pro-life and socially conservative.
Life issues figure mainly in state politics, but much social legislation is federal.
Some loose thinking equates Labor and the Coalition morally on life issues in Victoria, because former Liberal premier Ted Baillieu and a handful of his colleagues supported Labor’s iniquitous abortion bill in 2008. Yet the great majority of the Coalition opposed it.
The federal Opposition has also resisted much of the so-called human rights legislation which would undermine the foundations of the work of the churches in Australia, a campaign in which the NCC has also been active. It is no exaggeration to say that but for Tony Abbott’s strong leadership we would already have same-sex marriage in this country.
If News Weekly readers are voting for a minor party in the House of Representatives, I appeal to them to examine the ticket carefully, to make sure that their ultimate deciding preference for a major party does not flow through to the one which stands for everything that they reject morally, lurking behind empty talk of social justice and empathy for families.